The Old Rectory Catfield

Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)1692 580453


Elegant house in the Norfolk Broads just six miles from the coast. Flower-filled gardens, swimming, tennis and an easy-going host

Bedroom

2 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Penny’s ivy-clad rectory dates from 1825 and is tasteful, airy and bright. She loves to share her home with others and you’ll feel more like a friend than a guest. The beautiful garden opens for the NGS and there are 20 acres to roam.

Breakfast usually includes fruit, yogurt, homemade granola and a full English, enjoyed around the kitchen table or in the more traditional dining room – Penny lets you choose. She doesn’t usually cook for guests otherwise but can order in crab or lobster and you can make arrangements to use her well-equipped kitchen. Or head out for dinner – there are some good pubs and restaurants within three or four miles.

Settle next to the fire in the comfy sitting room and choose from piles of books and games, or watch a DVD in the TV room. In summer, there’s a bell tent you can sleep in with the stars peeping through the panels. The swimming pool is heated and there’s a field of friendly animals to meet, including pigs, goats, two horses and a donkey.

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We think you'll love

  • Generous-spirited Penny and having the freedom of the house
  • The peace and quiet, playing tennis, swimming (by arrangement)
  • Making friends with the animals
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You should know

  • The local restaurants get full even on weekday evenings so you'll need to book in advance
  • When Penny is away you'll be greeted and looked after by somebody else

Essentials

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Flexible
Check out
Flexible
Closed
Christmas & New Year.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Meals
Pub 4 miles.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £100
Surcharges
Singles £50.
2 Doubles
From £100

Accommodation

Reviews

As one cruises through life, one is increasingly aware of recognising a gem - which is what we have found We spent two nights at The Old Rectory with Penny. Our overall impression was of country casual meets five star quality. Penny’s welcome was all embracing as was the dare and attention she gave us. Thank you Penny- we will be back for a longer stay

Martin, Ringwood

The Old Rectory is a wonderland for adults and children alike. I can’t recommend it highly enough! It provided our family with the perfect getaway. There is so much for children to do that ours (6 and 8) were kept entertained for hours giving us the chance to read and take long naps in the perfectly-placed hammock. As if a gorgeous period property and stunning grounds weren’t enough, there’s also Penny whose warmth and generosity make you feel at ease and at home the instant you arrive. We will certainly be returning! Thank you Penny and thank you Sawdays for another great find.

Beth, London

Wow! This place is the very definition of a special place to stay. It is worth going to Norfolk just to stay here. Penny has created a home that blends perfectly from house to garden. Grass paths lead from her beautifully scented English country garden to a lake where a swan silently glides. The swimming pool is perfect too; silky water just at the right temperature. Inside the house the rooms are large and airy, homely and elegant. Everything has been thought of and Penny did so much to ensure we had a wonderful holiday. Breakfasts to die for too. If she has availability, don’t hesitate!

Emma, Amersham

My husband and I have just had the loveliest long weekend staying at Penny's beautiful home. We were so lucky that the weather was great and could really make use of the home and all of its surroundings - the gardens and swimming pool were an absolute dream (as were her 3 dogs and animals!). Penny was a wonderful host who went above and beyond to make sure we felt comfortable and safe - no matter what time of day. We cannot wait to come back soon and thank you so much for a lovely weekend!

Michelle, London

One of the best properties we have stayed at with Sawdays! This is a fairly new property, so hurry before it is fully booked!. Penny is such a lovely host, breakfast was delicious and her home is a stylish and light-filled Georgian/Victorian vicarage. There are vases of flowers and books everywhere, a welcoming fire, and it is surrounded by the most gorgeous property with swans in the meadow. It is down a quiet lane, and through the garden gate is a beautiful Norman church with medieval panel paintings, set in a churchyard full of daffodils, with public footpath just over the fence

Chantry, London

We have had the most wonderful 2 night stay here. Penny literally makes you feel like you are staying as an old friend in her home. Beautiful room, gorgeous gardens, lovely food. Animals so cool too. Soooo many extras. We didn’t want to leave. Felt refreshed and relaxed. Loved it and cannot wait to return. Thank you Penny.❤️❤️❤️

Leigh & Grahame, Broxbourne

Come and enjoy the freedom in the utter peace and tranquillity of this beautiful house and garden – it’s not just a B&B – this is a total experience and you are bound to want to return again and again!

Diana, Sawday's inspector

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Location

The neighbourhood

There are footpaths from the house that will take you for walks from 20 minutes to two hours long. The villages of Sea Palling and Waxham have unspoilt beaches and are 15 minutes down the road, as is Bewilderwood, a charming adventure park for children, and the outstanding East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden. Blickling Estate and Felbrigg Hall and Gardens are just over half an hour away.

Local points of interest from Penny Middleditch

  • East Ruston Old Vicarage is one of the most remarkable and enjoyable gardens made in recent years. Created by Alan Gray and Graham Robeson, now over 20 years old and expanding at a rate of knots, it is a feast of formal design, and decorative exuberance
  • The How Hill Estate is a study centre with a fine large, thatched Edwardian house set in acres of reed, marsh, woodland and a small broad, together with a marshman's cottage and three restored drainage mills.
  • BeWILDerwood is a wild and imaginative adventure park with magical treehouses and a hint of intriguing characters. Parents are encouraged to play alongside their children, which makes for a fabulous and brilliantly exciting day out for the whole family!

Introducing

Penny Middleditch

This has been a wonderful home for Penny and her family for many years. Penny is relaxed and friendly, loves animals and is a brilliant self-taught gardener.